• SLAM-ER production to be restarted for Saudi air force

    Boeing has been awarded a USD64 million contract to restart its production line for Standoff Land Attack Missile-Expanded Response (SLAM-ER), the Department of Defense announced on 10 April. Expected to be completed by March 2019, the contract also covers the redesign of obsolete, nearly obsolete,

  • Defexpo 2018: DRDO showcases guided variant of Pinaka Mk II rocket

    India’s state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) showcased a guided version of the locally developed 214 mm Pinaka Mk II rocket at the 11-14 April Defexpo 2018 exhibition in Chennai. The weapon, which is being developed by the DRDO’s Armament Research and

  • Defexpo 2018: MBDA offers Indian variant of MMP ATGW

    MBDA has showcased a model of a ‘fifth-generation’ anti-tank guided-weapon (ATGW) at the 11-14 April Defexpo 2018 exhibition in Chennai as part of a project aimed at co-developing the weapon with Indian companies to meet Indian Army requirements. Named ATGM 5 and based on the

  • GBU-49 to meet urgent moving target requirement for USMC F-35Bs

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) is to receive 300 Raytheon GBU-49 Enhanced Paveway II precision-guided munitions (PGMs) as it looks to afford its Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs) with an interim moving target capability. The US Air Force Material Command (AFMC) said on 10

  • USAF to launch LRSO and B-52 integration in 2019

    The US Air Force (USAF) is to begin integrating the nuclear-capable Long-Range Stand-Off (LRSO) cruise missile onto its Boeing B-52 Stratofortress bomber aircraft from the beginning of 2019, the service disclosed on 10 April. As noted in a presolicitation notification issued by Air Force Materiel

  • Navy League 2018: AeroVironment teams Puma UAS with Switchblade loitering missile

    AeroVironment on 9 April announced at the Navy League annual Sea-Air-Space exposition that it demonstrated an automated sensor-to-shooter capability from a US Navy Coastal Riverine Craft with a Puma unmanned aerial system (UAS) and a Switchblade loitering missile system. The system uses an

  • AARGM-ER development to begin in 2019

    The US Navy (USN) aims to improve the reach of its AGM-88E Block 1 Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) with a new extended range (ER) variant that could be fielded by 2023. The AGM-88E Block 1 AARGM is now in full-rate production and more than 600 have been delivered, but the USN

  • Qatar to arm Apache helos with APKWS II

    Qatar is to arm its Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters with the BAE Systems Advanced Precision Kill Weapon Systems (APKWS) II guided rocket. US State Department approval for the sale of 5,000 of the 70 mm rocket kits to the Gulf state was announced by the Defense Security Cooperation

  • Navy League 2018: BAE Systems wins LCS naval gun contract

    BAE Systems has been awarded a contract by General Dynamics to provide two additional Mk110 Naval Gun Systems for the Independence variant of the US Navy’s (USN's) Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). With this follow-on deal, BAE Systems is now under contract to provide 15 Mk110 systems for the

  • Russia offers Buk-M3 for export

    Russian state arms export corporation Rosoboronexport says it has begun promoting the latest M3 variant of the Buk medium-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) system for export. The export Buk-M3, also known as Viking, "possesses the ability to strike with a very high degree of probability

  • Saab Dynamics awarded USD28 million contract for Taurus KEPD 350 components

    Taurus Systems GmbH has awarded Saab Dynamics a SEK236 million (USD28.12 million) for the supply of components and hardware for the Taurus KEPD 350 modular stand-off precision missile system. Taurus Systems is a joint venture between MBDA Deutschland (67%) and Saab Dynamics AB (33%) for the

  • 40N6 missile for S-400 system could enter service ‘soon’

    A new long-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) for Russia’s S-400 Triumf (SA-21 ‘Growler’) air defence system may enter service soon, according to a 3 April report in the Russian daily Izvestia . The newspaper’s source in the Main Command of Aerospace Forces indicates a

  • MBDA contracted for continued RF DEW research

    The UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) has awarded MBDA a GBP3.2 million contract to continue research into Radio Frequency Directed Energy Weapons (RF DEW) technology on behalf of the Ministry of Defence (MoD). RF DEW devices operate by projecting electromagnetic energy

  • Serbia finalises testing of new weapon systems

    The Serbian Armed Forces (Vojska Srbije, VS) are in the final phase of testing over 40 weapon systems that would be issued to the military if they pass final verification tests, Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin has said. Vulin made the remarks while visiting the VS’s Nikinci Technical

  • Saudi M109A6 howitzer request approved

    The US State Department has approved the sale of 180 M109A5/A6 self-propelled howitzer (SPH) structures to Saudi Arabia, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 5 April. These structures will be converted into 177 M109A6 Paladin SPHs and three static training devices. Estimated

  • Brazilian Army reveals ASTROS II MK3M final delivery

    The Brazilian Army will receive the last batch of ASTROS II MK3M self-propelled multiple rocket launching (MRL) system vehicles in October, the service told Jane’s . This fourth order will be comprised of eight vehicles. Modernisation of 38 MK2/MK3 vehicles comprising six 6x6 AV-LMU

  • French Army prepares to deploy MMP

    The French Army is preparing for the first operational deployment of its new 140mm calibre digital Missile Moyenne Portée (MMP) land combat system. Major Jean-Luc Dietler of the Section Technique de l’Armée de Terre (STAT) at the French Ministry of Defence told Jane’s that

  • Pakistan test-fires Babur SLCM

    Pakistan has conducted another test-firing of its Babur-3 nuclear-capable, submarine-launched cruise missile (SLCM), according to a 29 March statement by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the Pakistani military. The locally built SLCM was fired to a range of 450 km from an

  • Update: India test-fires BrahMos cruise missile with indigenous seeker

    A BrahMos supersonic cruise missile was successfully test-fired for the first time using an indigenously developed seeker on 22 March. Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced in a tweet that the test was carried out at 0842 h local time at the Pokhran Test Range in Rajasthan, adding

  • Update: Singapore reveals first images of Aster 30 SAM system, confirms delivery

    The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has revealed the first images of its newly delivered MBDA Aster 30 SAMP/T (Sol-Air Moyenne Portée Terrestre, or surface-to-air medium range/land) self-propelled surface-to-air missile (SAM) system. Screengrabs from a video commemorating its 50th

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